The week that was the OD Masterclass

December 20, 2016

Luke Spayne reviews our inaugural OD Masterclass.

Friday 9th December saw The Beech Centre’s very first OD Masterclass series, The Future of Organisations – implications for OD practitioners, which took place at the Leeds Thackray Medical Museum. After much planning and preparation with my colleagues we identified that this must create a show stopper of an event and so as guest speaker we invited OD legendary Dr Mee-Yan Cheung Judge.

Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge is the creator and driving force behind Quality & Equality Ltd, which she founded after a distinguished career in academia and in the marketplace. She is a “scholar-practitioner” in the field of Organisation Development. She has worked directly with a number of organisations across sectors and industry to deliver powerful transformational change, which is what she is known for.   She led one of the world’s largest change in the BBC – involving 17,000 people to co-construct the future of BBC; she has led major cultural change in a number of global pharmaceutical, retail, energy, media organisations. Mee-Yan was the lead consultant to transform the state-owned multi-media organisation in UAE over 24 months; In late 2012, she was appointed as the senior international consultant to the State of Singapore to support their nation-wide public service transformation programme.  Currently she is supporting two global organisations in post-acquisition integration as part of their high growth strategy – aligning business ambitions with “fitter” quality of leadership, core processes, culture of innovation and agility as well as behavioural patterns.

Mee-Yan teaches on major governmental and corporate Top Management Programmes.  She is a senior visiting Fellow of Roffey Park Management Institute in UK, a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College, the Dean of the NTL/Q&E OD certificate programme in Europe, a guest faculty on the Gestalt Certificate Programme in UK, a guest faculty in IDDI – the executive institute of the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid Spain, and a faculty of the Duke University Executive Leadership Programme.  She is a professional member of the NTL Institute (the founding institute of the field of Organisation Development), was an international trustee on the Board of the Organisation Development Network.  She a special advisor to Organisation Development Network in Europe. She is the author of a number of OD articles and reports. Her book – Organization Development: A Practitioner’s Guide for OD and HR (Kogan Page, April 2011; 2nd edition May 2015), with guest author Linda Holbeche, and has become one of the most significant text for OD practitioners.   Mee-Yan is on the editorial board of the Journal of Organisation Development Practitioner.  She was voted by UK HR Magazine as one of the top 15 most influential thinker in the field of HR in UK – 2013, 2014, and 2015.  In October 2013, she was presented with the highest award by the Organisation Development Network in USA – the Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of OD globally.    Mee Yan is known as a significant “scholar-educator-practitioner” in the field of OD, and both her colleagues and clients enjoy both her personal warmth as well as her ability to engage them in straight talking about overt issues that sub-optimise individual and system brilliance.

The day of the OD Masterclass brought such inspiration, intelligence and complexity as well as a strong sense of enjoyment for all who attended. Mee-Yan introduced us to her work the ‘Characteristics of Future Organisations’ and how developed worlds are developing further into the digital age of future cities and human organ 3D printing. Mee-Yan also invited us into dialogue around sharing our thoughts into how future ready are our own organisations in comparison with others.

It was great to be a part of this amazing afternoon and not only that, a strong part in pulling the logistics of it together. Mee-Yan is a true inspiration to me and her knowledge has helped to support my future ambitions.

At the end of the event, Mee-Yan was extremely keen to work further with us on our upcoming two more OD Masterclasses in 2017. Watch this space!!

Should you require further information on the OD Masterclass or would like to reserve your place for the next one in 2017 please contact me on luke.spayne@thebeechcentre.co.uk or chris.malings@thebeechcentre.co.uk , alternatively please call 01430 425683.

Luke Spayne
Membership Services Assistant

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